September 9, 2013

The last round of the 2013 motocross campaign kicked off this past week end in Lierop, a sandy track which can become rough and tricky. Cairoli, who settled his seventh world title at Matterley Basin UK in the previous round, opted to ride the KTM 450 SX-F machine instead of his usual KTM 350 SX-F. Riding with his AXO fluo yellow celebrative gear, he finished fourth in the opening moto after some minor technical difficulties but had decisive win in the second moto, crossing the line 53 seconds ahead of second-placed Kevin Strijbos. Courtesy of these results, Cairoli sealed the third step of the rostrum to give AXO another prestigious result at the end of a very successful season.

Team mate Ken de Dycker, still suffering from a twisted ankle which he injured in Bastogne, ended fifth in the overall: the Belgian Champion was fifth in Race 1 while he pushed hard in Race 2 to come back from tenth to a fantastic fourth.

Tony Cairoli: “I would have wanted to win the GP with the 450, it would have been a perfect debut, but I had that problem…never mind, it’s racing, things like this can happen. I was quite cautious at the beginning of the first race with the KTM 450, but then I really went for it in the second moto. I had my best lap times and the speed was good, so all in all I’m happy.”

Ken De Dycker: “In the second moto we had some setting changes to my bike and it felt good: I made a great come back even if I was a little bit tired in the end! This season has been very positive for me: I am third in the Championship and won the Blegian title, so I must admit I’m very satisfied!”.

Photo by: Davide Messora